Kwame Senu Neville Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962 but grew up in Jamaica where he attended Jamaica College and the University of the west Indies at Mona. He studied and taught in New Brunswick on a Commonwealth Scholarship to Canada. Since 1992 he has been teaching at the University of South Carolina. He is as an Associate Professor in English on the Columbia campus of that institution. He is also a critic, actor, playwright, storyteller, and a poet-reggae singer.

My name is Kalu O. Kalu, a native of Asaga Ohafia in Abia State, Nigeria. I hold a Bachelors degree in Agriculture and Economics, and an MBA in Banking and Finance. Presently, I am the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the First International Bank in Freetown, Sierra Leone. I have been a banker for over 18 years. I write poems as a hobby.

For the distinguished Ghanaian poet, scholar and educator, Kofi Anyidoho, "poetry is no longer a textual art bound to the written/printed page. It is fully liberated from the distancing effect of print technology." His "direct involvement with the production of poetry as "full drama" began when the Ghana National Commission on Children, chaired by the well-known dramatist Efua Sutherland, invited me to plan and direct an appropriate literary-dramatic program for children from selected schools in Accra as part of a flag-raising ceremony at the O.A.U Monument in 1984 to mark O.A.U. Day in the Ghanaian capital." From then on, Anyidoho has gone on to produce and perfect a performance mode that is returning written African poetry to its dramatic oral roots. Kofi Anyidoho has written and performed an impressive number of poems. In addition, he has published extensively on issues related to recent critical debate on African Literature. He teaches at the University of Ghana, Legon.

My name is Kavu Ngala and I come from Kenya. I am a self-taught writer who had all my education in Kenya. I have read widely among African and European writers. My best writers are Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Henrik Ibsen, Knut Hamsun, Sembene Ousmane, Chris Okigbo among many others. I have also read English writers such as John Keats, Shakespeare, Shelley and several others. My model writer is obscure to the English reading public. He is a writer called Shaban Robert who expired in the early 60's. He is the most contemporary of Swahili writers among his peers. I grew up with his poetry. I also write short stories and I am at the moment preparing a manuscript of my poetry which I hope to publish in a collection. At the moment I have just finished a course in Norwegian language offered by the University of Bergen. I hope to pursue literature studies soon.

Master Justice Novisi Y. Dzitrie or simply Novisi as he cherishes to be called was born in Kakata (Liberia) on February 21st in 1980 but has since the age of four spent his life in Ghana his homeland. He is a young poet who discovered his love for poetry whilst summarizing his first ever written play at the beginning of January 2000 (the millennium). His love for poetry keeps growing with the tick of the clock. Currently he has to his credit a collection of poems titled: Beats of the Sahara, which he hopes to publish soon. He recently performed some of his poetry on Radio Universe the University of Ghana’s FM station. Aside poetry, Novisi has published five short stories in the Ghana’s most popular weekly newspaper The Mirror. He believes the arts cannot be taken out from the society-its part of us, more or less as feed for our innermost. He is presently pursuing B.Sc. Computer Science and Physics (Combined Major) at the University of Ghana where he is a member of the Commonwealth Hall’s Magazine’s (Echoe) editorial board.

I am a young girl of 19 and the eldest of four siblings. I have been writing ever since I started reasoning. As an undergraduate student studying science, I have a flair for the arts. I write poems, stories and essays. I love Africa and our customs, our beautiful traditions, our clothing, and our style are like no other. We shouldn’t let our style die nor allow it to be blown with the wind because it is richer than all the Gold in the world put together.

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